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How to measure the success of a seasonal product

Not sure if this is the right forum to post this question. This is more of a product management question, I searched all the communities in StackExchange and thought this might be the closest to ...
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Measuring the capacity of an investment strategy

From talking to people, an investment strategies capacity seems to have a major effect on performance once it becomes popular. XIV seems to be a good example. But, what I have yet to hear is how ...
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GDP versus GNP. Which is a better gauge of a country's economy size and prosperity?

Country A's GDP is larger than Country B's GDP. However, Country B's GNP is larger than Country A's GNP. Which country has a stronger economy? Which country's citizens is more likely to enjoy ...
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Measuring quantities for price indices?

I'm confused about how one acquires the data necessary to compute price indices--specifically, how one acquires quantity data. Suppose I wanted to compute the Laspeyres Index, defined as $\sum\...
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What makes statistics economical reports so varied and different?

Search for Iran's GDP in Google, and what you will see is an image representing GDP of Iran, compared to other neighbor countries. It gives us the value of 393.4 ...
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History of Macroeconomic Measurements before GDP

What is the earliest mention of any type of macroeconomic measure? I know proto-economist William Petty coined the Term GDP but was there any other measurement used before then to determine the ...
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Debt-to-GDP or Debt-to-Revenue?

Which is a better measure of the health of an economy between Debt-to-GDP and Debt-to-Revenue? Why?
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Transportation models in economics

How would one go about modelling the effectiveness of public transportation? More specifically how does one go about comparing two transit systems in terms of their ability to move a larger numbers of ...
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Definition of market to book value?

What is the difference between (market value of equity/book value of equity) ratio and (market value of assets/book value of assets) ratio? In my opinion both measure fairly the same? Is this correct?...
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Mythbusters - Determine optimal boarding strategy based on time and satisfaction score

Most airlines board passengers starting from the back of the plane and then working their way towards the front (after boarding priority classes and passengers). In an episode of Mythbusters, Adam ...
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Is there a change over the business cycle in how much of economic activity is market-based?

Out of the total production in an economy, a big part is market-based, as when you make something and sell it. But a big part is not, as when you make something and don't sell it, but exchange it or ...
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Can changes in the value of money be measured via interest rates and future contracts?

For most goods, we can compare the value of them by how people trade them. If in a free market, 10 apples can be traded for 20 oranges, then apples are twice as valuable as oranges. Likewise, if 10 ...
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Measuring demand for banking services - (Maximum) Market Size

I am in need of a variable measuring "demand for banking services" in general, on a country level. Specifically the (maximum) size of the market for banking services for a given country. This will be ...
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Why is the percent of Australian businesses that don't have any employees so high?

I'm trying to understand this Australian Bureau of Statistics release: http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/8165.0 It says: In June 2014, 61% of actively trading businesses in Australia had ...
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What would be the GDP of Algeria without Oil & Gas?

Facts : *Algeria's GDP is 230 B$, *Oil & Gas account for 30% (70 B$) My simplistic reasoning would say : Substract 70 from 230 and get a new GDP of 160 B$. ...
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What is considered a “final product” for gross domestic product?

Given a territory and a time range, the gross domestic product is the sum of all the values added. The term “value added” is open to interpretation. Since the value added of a product or service is ...
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Calculate Gross Private Product from standard metrics

Is it possible to calculate GPP given commonly available data like GDP and government expenditure? The example in this Wikipedia article seems to suggest those two alone are enough. Would nominal GDP ...
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What are alternative measures of risk?

In finance, the variance of the returns of a security are used as a proxy for the associated risk of the security. I've seen some books include sentences like "if you take variance as a measure of ...
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$1.25 PPP per day poverty threshold - What precisely does it mean?

As Wikipedia states: In 2008, the World Bank came out with a revised figure of $1.25 at 2005 purchasing-power parity (PPP). (Update: In 2015, this was updated to $\$1.90$ at 2015 PPP.) Wikipedia ...